I keep wanting to put up a new entry, but there hasn’t been much I’ve felt like writing about today. Everyone’s talking about the fires out in California, but all I really have to say about that is it’s just one more reason I’m glad I don’t live out in California. I’m sure I’d love the climate, but between wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes and the rest of the seemingly endless major natural disasters that occur on a regular basis in that state I think I’ll stick with boring old Michigan for the time being.
I keep checking the MovableType website on a regular basis to see if there’s any word on MT Pro yet as I’m just itching to get my hands on it and I’m not big-time enough as a blogger to be asked to beta-test it. There’s a lot of stuff I’d like to see in the “ultimate blogging script” and none of the current popular packages manages to fit the bill. I’ve considered switching over to one of the scripts that does a full-blown CMS style site, but while they have more of what I’d like to see in a UBS those packages lack some of the basic blogging features I want to keep such as pinging weblogs.com and trackbacks. My ideal would be a cross between MT, TypePad, pMachine, WordPress, Invision Board and e107. I keep debating buying a book on PHP and mySQL and trying to write it myself, but I know realistically that isn’t likely to happen. Guess I’ll have to sit here and suffer.
I had planned on changing the skin for the site around a little bit for Halloween and was working on such a thing a week or two ago, but the changes to my pic I made kinda freaked Anne out more than I expected so I dropped them. That made her a little angry with me as she thought I should just do what I wanted with my site, but I don’t like the idea of my wife being disturbed with how it looks. I’m perfectly willing to freak you guys out, but not my wife. I have to live with her after all.
This year will be the second Halloween in which I have officially not dressed up for the occasion, last year being the first. I usually wear a costume into work for the day, but lack of money and inspiration put a damper on that this year. That and I have several meetings to attend with people who have far less of a sense of humor than I do. The one idea I did have, to go as a “Corporate Zombie,” probably wouldn’t play too well with upper management. Besides, I’m kinda like that every day now anyway.
Money situation is a little tight. Down to my last $193 in the checking account and I don’t get paid again until the 10th, just shy of a full two weeks from today. There’s a fellow coworker of mine who may call upon my tech skills in the next week or two so perhaps I’ll get enough from that to squeak through. Both cars need oil changes and mine probably needs the brakes checked as I think I hear the tell-tale sound they make when they’re getting low. Combine that with the fact that I need to start doing the Yuletide shopping next month and you can see why my wallet is whimpering. It’s tough, but I’m still way better off than a lot of people I know (Hi Eric!) so I suppose I shouldn’t be bitching about it. As much as I hate my job these days at least I still have one for the time being so I’ll suck it up and do what I can with what I have and make the best of it.
OK, I will probably continue to bitch about it, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum…
Seems the cool thing to do these days blog-wise is to start your own meme so I’ve been trying to think one up for SEB. Being my own worst critic I’ve decided that every idea I’ve come up with so far (which haven’t been many) suck big big time and therefor won’t be introduced to the general public. Once I come up with one that doesn’t suck big time, or at least sucks considerably less than what I’ve come up with so far, then I’ll let you know about it. There are days I feel like anything resembling creativity has been sucked right out of me. This is one of those days.